Rudder

Rudder

The rudder had some gotchas which needed special attention. The 4 skin rivets next to the “Rudder Control Bracket” (12) are hard to rivet, when the rudder control bracket is installed. So I omitted “Step 6” in the KAI and installed the bracket after riveting the skin. I would also recommend installing the “Rudder Counterbalance Weight” (2) after putting the rudder skin (14) on instead of doing it in “Step 2”. The “Rudder Counterbalance Weight” adds a lot of weight to a flimsy structure.

Empennage
Empennage
Reinforcement of the Rudder Tip. The brackets are made of a cheap aluminum stripe.
Fitting the self made bracket to the rudder tip.
The M4 rivnuts are even with the surface of th erudder tip.
Tail Strobe Bracket
Mounting the rudder control bracket after the skin.
Checking the alignment on a part with no parallel edges is not so easy. But using the hinges as a reference point, it can be done with a laser level.
Checking the alignment before riveting. Placing it plumb with a 90° angle to the wall does the trick